Category: Health and Wellness

Seniors are the fastest growing group of medical marijuana users

Medical cannabis is gaining more and more traction as an acceptable form of medicine. It controls the symptoms of many different illnesses and it provides pain relief. There is evidence that it cures cancer without killing the patients’ healthy cells, unlike chemo and radiation which often kill the patient before the cancer does. It has... Read more »

Heavy social media usage is bad for your health

Those of you who know me and have been following my journey as a cannabis activist are probably aware that I share articles about cannabis usage, cannabis research, and the positive effects of cannabis, like crazy on both my personal and blog Facebook pages. That’s pretty much how I roll…I have a tendency to embrace... Read more » just launched its medical marijuana education website

In Illinois, one of the biggest obstacles to acquiring a medical cannabis card for our new Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) is resistance on the part of many of our doctors, who are consistently unwilling to recommend its use. Without a doctor’s recommmendation…not a prescription…merely a recommendation that cannabis use might benefit a patient who... Read more »

Even the US National Cancer Institute admits that cannabis kills cancer cells

The US National Cancer Institute has quietly admitted that cannabis kills cancer cells without damaging normal cells. Do I need to repeat this? To me, this is a really.big.fucking deal. Not chemotherapy, not radiation…but cannabis, the plant that has been demonized for the past 80 years as the “gateway drug” to hard drug use and... Read more »

Exercise is the best way to treat and prevent low-back pain

I LOVE NPR, as in National Public Radio. I have been a daily listener since the Gulf War began and I discovered that was where I got the best coverage. That was 25 years ago…can you believe it? Every radio in our house is tuned to WBEZ 91.5FM, as well as the one in my... Read more »

Illinois doctors: why do you prescribe opiates like candy but you refuse to recommend medical marijuana?

The question I get asked the most these days in my capacity as an “expert” on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) is “do you know a doctor who is willing to recommend cannabis?” Sadly, my answer is “no” and now I find myself in a similar position where I need to find a... Read more »

Yes, there is such a thing as "therapy cats"

In the companion animal world…compared to dogs…cats tend to get a “bad rap.” They are often described as aloof, manipulative, cruel and merciless, useless, and even downright nasty. But, I would like to introduce you to 3 loving, affectionate cats who have helped their companion humans beyond what you might have ever imagined possible. For... Read more »

After the 11 proposed conditions for medical marijuana got denied

When the latest list of 11 qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program ( and I am using the term “marijuana” entirely for SEO purposes) were rejected on September 10, I and all the thousands of Illinois cannabis activists and prospective patients who worked tirelessly to try and get them passed felt like we were... Read more »

K2/Spice is NOT remotely like marijuana, it is a very dangerous drug

My hubby and I are big, big listeners of NPR, as in National Public Radio. Every single radio in our house is tuned to WBEZ 91.5 FM. Often, the talk just acts as white noise as it drones on and on in the background, but more often then not, we actually listen to the programming.... Read more »

Illinois Medical Cannabis Community is a great resource

Are you a resident of Illinois who has been “sitting on the fence” about applying for a medical marijuana card because you don’t know where to begin? Have I got a great Facebook group for you to join…The Illinois Medical Cannabis Community (IMCC). With over 1,800 members from all walks of life including patients, advocates,... Read more »